On The Street: Fashion Meets Function

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Attention! According to the streets, this is how to tap the season’s utility trend

A heavy dose of practicality dominated SS19, with a boom of boiler suits, belted jackets and prominent pockets at Marine Serre, Givenchy and Sacai.

Effortlessly cool and easy-to-wear, it’s no surprise the utilitarian aesthetic has been updated once more — with strong collars, combat pants and reinvented trench coats in khaki and beige making a sartorial stand for autumn/winter.

Trousers, ISABEL MARANT | Jumpsuit, DEVEAUX | Dress, ADAM LIPPES

Embracing pronounced buttons, epaulettes and sharp tailoring, the fashion set showcased their own variation on the trend in a neutral-ground palette — pairing pointed pumps with cargo trousers and contrasting earthy poplin with leather gloves.

Masculine undertones were softened by feminine allure, for an equally rugged and refined modern military look.

Trousers, LOW CLASSIC | Top, THEORY | Trench coat, COURRÈGES

For a less literal interpretation of the trend, swap chunky military shoes for strappy sandals, half mules or skin-tight ankle boots and shun the belt-bag for ladylike top handles. Finish the look with aviator shades or a fedora felt hat.


Take note for SS20 where the trend is set to shift towards safari-inspired pieces. From Dolce & Gabbana’s jungle-esque collection to pocket-heavy jackets at Hermes and a stream of uniforms in subtle pastels at Max Mara. Just as practical as it is pleasing, functional fashion is set to last.


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